Before landing on the perfect hearing aid for you, it is helpful to know a little something about the different features that they can have. Some of these features are standard, found in all or nearly all models, while others are optional or even rare. But the more of an understanding you have about all of them, the easier it will be to make your decision – with the help of your hearing professional, of course. Here are some of the main features that you might want to know about before making your final decision.
It used to be that the hearing health professional themselves had to adjust the amplification of the hearing device to get it to the perfect level for the individual. But these days, you can actually get hearing aids that do all that for you, automatically. This is essentially a kind of self-learning, and it’s a very clever form of technology which means that you have fewer visits to the hearing professional and that your hearing aid gives you the right amplification at all times without hassle. That’s an amazing quality for a hearing aid to have.
To be able to use your hearing device in a public or noisy place, there needs to be a way for it to manage the noise in the background. Fortunately, this is actually relatively straightforward these days, as most good hearing devices have noise reduction facilities installed already, and this technology is only getting better and better as time goes on. If you get a hearing aid today, it is highly likely that it will automatically come with amazing noise reduction tech.
Bands and Channels
Many hearing aids use bands or channels to help delineate and separate the different frequencies. The more effectively this is done, the easier it is for the user to tune in to the specific sound which they want to hear. The best hearing aids have a huge number of these frequency bands or channels, allowing for a much finer appreciation of each sound as it comes. This helps with fine-tuning the device, but it doesn’t necessarily mean better actual quality of sound.
One of the main kinds of improvements in hearing devices generally over the past few years is an increase in the amount of control that the user has with the device. A good example of this in action is with something known as control gain, which simply means that the user can adjust the amplification of certain sounds over other sounds. That means you could find it a lot easier to hear the conversation you are trying to have and tune out the traffic outside, for instance. As you might imagine, that can be extremely helpful.
These are just some of the hearing device features that you might come across if you get a hearing aid fitted today. If you want to know more about any of them, speak to a hearing professional at Byron’s Hudson Valley Hearing Aid Centers by calling (845) 481-9267.